Lai Wing Fai (“Respondent”)

Rule 2(a), (c) and (d) of the Solicitors’ Practice Rules (Cap. 159H)(“SPR”)

Hearing date: 23 January 2019

Statement of Findings and Order: 21 February 2019

On 23 January 2019, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (“Tribunal”) heard the Law Society’s case and the Respondent was absent. The Tribunal found that the Complaint had been proved as follows:-

The Complaint

The Respondent, formerly a solicitor of Messrs. Lai & Associates (an intervened firm), engaged in conduct which compromised or impaired or was likely to compromise or impair his independence or integrity, his duty to act in the best interest of his client and his own reputation or reputation of the profession in breach of rule 2(a), (c) and (d) of the SPR in that, on 27 March 2017, he was convicted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts, on his own plea of guilty, one count of theft of money belonging to his client contrary to s. 9 of the Theft Ordinance (Cap. 210) and was sentenced to imprisonment of 19 months. The Respondent committed the offence in the course of his practice as a solicitor.

The Tribunal ordered:

(1) that the Respondent be struck off from the Roll of Solicitors; and

(2) the Respondent to pay the fixed costs of the proceedings which shall be payable by monthly instalments from the date of delivery of the Order.

Mr. Jonathan Mok of Messrs. Jonathan Mok Legal, Prosecutor for the Law Society

The Respondent in person, being absent

Mr. Patrick Hui Man Kit, Clerk to the Tribunal

Tribunal Members:

Mr. Andrew Nicholas Hart (Chairman)

Mr. Shum Hon Wo

Mr. Kelvin Wai-lun Au Yeung